“Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” — Luke 11:5-8
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
This Christian Lesson is very important to me. Frequently, I have allowed negative responses from people close to me cause me to abandon a plan. Giving up on a plan has happened to me in business, with my family, at church, and with friends. Sometimes I received valid criticism about a plan that caused me to re-evaluate and make the decision to abandon the plan. However, often, I gave up on the plan just because I did not get the response I wanted. After reviewing this Christian Lesson, I realized that criticism is positive. Many times the plan needs to be reviewed and adjusted. The more you review a plan, the clear your message becomes.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I found that when I was open to criticism, people were much more open to offering me helpful information. I noticed a change in the response from my customers after I changed my approach to communicating new suggestions or proposing new processes. When a customer gave me negative responses, I asked them for more details. I also asked them how they would approach a specific challenge. Sometimes I would go through this process five or six times. The results were amazing. Not only did I have a better plan, but I improved the relationship with the customer. There were a few occasions when my plan was not workable. That was OK because I decided for myself that the plan was not good; I did not quit just because of initial criticism.
I found this lesson important with my family and friends, as well. When I presented ideas to family members or friends, often, the response was negative or neutral. When I changed my approach to the responses and made it clear that I was interested in their responses, I received much more useful information. After receiving a negative response, I presented the idea a few more times with more detail and some changes. The result was that I successfully implemented the plan much more frequently than I did in the past.
This lesson applied to interactions in the Church as well. Sometimes I presented ideas to increase membership or help the needy. When the responses were not as positive as I hoped, I learned not to give up, but to work on the plan.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
It is important to spend time on important things you wish to accomplish and then to pursue your plan and not be discouraged with negative feedback. Use negative feedback to improve your plan. After you worked the plan thoroughly if it is not working for you, you will know that you are not just giving up, but you are going to do something better.